Why The Trump administration’s Obamacare replacement is worse than the original
The Republican health care plan has been called “Obamacare 2.0” by critics who say the legislation would cut $2.6 trillion from Medicare, the nation’s largest entitlement program for the elderly and disabled.
But it’s more than just a Medicare cut.
The plan would eliminate a provision of the ACA that provides states with a block grant to help pay for Medicaid and CHIP programs, both of which are considered essential benefits that protect low-income Americans.
It also would reduce federal payments to insurers that offer the Affordable Care Act’s plans, including a provision to let states opt out of the federal requirement that insurers cover essential health benefits.
“The Republicans are trying to cut Medicaid and the CHIP program in half,” said David Anderson, a professor of health law at the University of Pennsylvania and a former deputy assistant secretary of health for health and human services under President George W. Bush.
The Medicaid cut is the most dramatic and dramatic example of how the Republican bill will harm low- and middle-income people, Anderson said.
“If they want to give the money to the states, they’ll have to give it to the States,” he said.
The Affordable Care Care Act required all Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty.
The GOP plan would give states $1.6 billion in federal block grants that could be used for health insurance and for expanding Medicaid, which covers the most vulnerable Americans.
“This will make it impossible for states to make choices about what to spend the money on,” said Dan Mendelson, director of health policy studies at the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.
Republicans have been pressing for years to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
They say the law has failed to keep up with rising health care costs, made it harder for people to afford coverage, and made it more difficult to provide insurance to those who do not qualify.
The ACA expanded Medicaid, a program that provides health care to low- income people.
It is a large chunk of the program, covering more than 70 million Americans.
The Trump Administration announced its replacement for Obamacare on Monday, and the administration is expected to release more details on the changes to come.
“In the end, the real winners are the middle class, the health care system, and small businesses,” said Paul Kane, a senior vice president at the conservative Heritage Foundation.
But the Trump Administration has also come under fire for failing to provide a clear explanation for how its plan would be funded.
“There’s no explanation as to how the plan would function.
We’ve been told it’s going to be an entitlement program,” said Elizabeth Nash, a member of the House Budget Committee who represents an affluent district in suburban Philadelphia.
“We’re just not getting that.”
A spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services said the agency is not prepared to comment on the details of the replacement plan before the official release.
“I’m not going to make statements about the details, but we are not making the plan public,” Sean Spicer said.
In a statement released Monday, President Donald Trump defended his plan.
“Americans will have the choice of having coverage or paying a penalty for not having insurance,” he wrote.
“While it may be difficult to estimate the impact of the new plan on individual states, we do know that there will be many Americans who lose access to health care as a result of the changes.”
The House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Reform Act in July.
That bill, known as the American Jobs Act, would make it easier for people who qualify for Medicaid or CHIP to buy insurance and cut out the tax penalties for people with pre-existing conditions.
The bill passed the Senate on Tuesday, but it’s still being negotiated between the two chambers.
The House bill would also expand Medicaid, making it the largest federal health care program for people living in poverty.
The Senate bill would not.
The Republican-led House passed the bill without changes in March.
That left the House with a bill that would repeal Obamacare and replace it with what’s known as a skinny repeal, or “skinny” bill.
The legislation would essentially keep Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion and health insurance tax penalties, but with no guarantee that it would be paid for.
The skinny repeal would not require states to expand Medicaid to cover all Americans, and it would leave in place federal requirements that all Americans be covered by Medicaid or health insurance.
The American Health Reform Act, or AHRA, would also reduce Medicaid payments to states that don’t expand coverage, leaving about $2 billion in the program’s future for states.
The AHRA would also limit the federal subsidies that states receive to help low-wage workers afford insurance, but the Senate version would leave that funding untouched.
The Congressional Budget Office has said that the AHRA will lead to a loss of 6 million people with health insurance in 2020, and that the Senate bill will